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Highway 51 Blues

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3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 Highway 51 Blues has an interesting history. Highway 51 is an actual road that runs from New Orleans to Wisconsin. It was one of the primary routes southern blacks used as they migrated to the north in search of factory jobs in the big cities.

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 On Dylan first album, Bob Dylan, the song is credited to Curtis Jones, a blues piano player. Another ancestor is blues guitar player Tommy McClennan’s New Highway 51 , an updated version of Jones’ song.

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 The Everly Brothers did a rockabilly version of Highway 51. They also used the same chord structure in their hit song, Wake Up Little Suzie. If you listen closely you can hear Little Suzie in Dylan’s version. Todd Harvey, author of The Formative Bob Dylan , notes that Dylan borrowed the same chord structure years later for his own song, It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding).

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7 Leave a comment on paragraph 7 0 Dylan performs the song with a rock ’n’ roll passion that is heartfelt and convincing. Highway 51 is one of the highlights of the album.

8 Leave a comment on paragraph 8 0 A YouTube playlist of  Highway 51’s “relatives”.

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10 Leave a comment on paragraph 10 0 Lyrics

11 Leave a comment on paragraph 11 0 Highway 51 runs right by my baby’s door
Highway 51 runs right by my baby’s door
If I don’t get the girl I’m loving
Won’t go down to Highway 51 no more.

12 Leave a comment on paragraph 12 0 Well, I know that highway like I know my hand
Yes, I know that highway like I know the back of my hand
Running from up Wisconsin way down to no man’s land.

13 Leave a comment on paragraph 13 0 Well, if I should die before my time should come
And if I should die before my time should come
Won’t you bury my body out on the Highway 51.

14 Leave a comment on paragraph 14 0 Highway 51 runs right by my baby’s door
I said, Highway 51 runs right by my baby’s door
If I don’t get the girl I’m loving
Won’t go down to Highway 51 no more.

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